Part 6 — People now are more inclined to further the knowledge and understanding regarding the Bible, with the exception of those who do not believe or will never believe in the Holy Bible. The Bible, as we know is basically handed to “the Jewish people”. Some are happy to be called the chosen people of God, and some do not want to be called Jews for some historical or personal reasons. This is the beauty of having bible studies that we can connect, update and talk about the significant events of the past and compare them to today’s lifestyle, the archeological discovery, and the correct translations.
By having a deep study of the Holy Bible, we learn why was it written, when, and what was the situation during ancient times. If we are not going to go outside the area of fundamentalism, we might end up under the umbrella that will prevent us to repudiate what we have taught our followers. It is really hard or even impossible to write a well-organized manuscript without the inspiration of the Holy Spirit or else the book will not reach the publication.
We are either taught by our parents, heard it from our Religion subject, from research or in the church. We learned that the Jews are the chosen people of God and supported by the scripture. Although it is biblical many have their opinions that it was before and not in the present. Many disagree that God is not working for human lives to pick and choose. He doesn’t work on giving favors to one and ignore the others. Favoritism leads to prejudices and is the work of man, that notion remaining a prerogative to some people and not to all.
God is a Spirit that gives life, a life full of love and happiness. Many Christians claimed that challenges made us be strong but to some challenges causes them to stay in faith. Failure is not part of God’s plan, considering that challenges are part of our nature. It is then caused by human error from the beginning and was not resolved up to this generation. From generations to generations, we believe the Bible to be the Word of God and still have the mark and protection of the Almighty. Any perversion of the Bible needs a lot of scrutiny and consideration.
How does God reveal Himself in the Old Testament?
God shows Himself in the Old Testament as God who created the world with love and the image of that creation is like Him and the likeness is exactly Him. He remains faithful to men even when they have fallen into sin. Mercy and grace are His nature and His strength is love and through love and forgiveness is an open door. He sent His Son and became His grace to humanity and announced that the kingdom is at hand. God made the time for judgment available after the period is consumed and it is known to mankind and it will happen in n apportioned time. How will it happen? Who will be spared and who will perish? The way He will judge is not the same way as it was promised to Noah. Not with water but of fire coming from above. This could be figuratively but for sure it is full destruction of mankind.
God makes it possible for us to experience Him in His story. God established a covenant after the deluge with Noah a covenant to save all living things. God promised Abraham that He will make him the father of many nations, and all the families of the earth will be blessed through him. The Israelites become part of his DNA something that belongs to him. To Moses, He introduced himself by His name. This name is sacred to Jewish people that in reverence to the Almighty LORD they use Tetragrammaton—God’s name in four letters YHWH; means “I am who I am”-Exodus 3:14. He intervenes in Egypt by freeing Israelites from slavery and established a covenant with them through Moses in Mt. Sinai as written in Exodus (Horeb-Deuteronomy) and gave Moses for them the Law. God sends major and minor prophets to His people to be aware of things to come. The prophets proclaimed that God will establish a new covenant, a covenant of grace, the Chosen will be sent to redeem the world of sins. This covenant will be open to all human beings carried out by the Son himself and his twelve (12) called chosen and elect a man of God, who will continue the work of the Son after an unbearable and unthinkable sacrifice of redeeming the sin of the world.
Grace is Jesus himself a gift to us. A gift that brings us life and reconciles us with the Spirit who gives life, Our Father the Almighty. Through Him, we learned about the Father and through Him, we are saved. Our salvation is a gift from God through His grace in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus helped us to know God and through Him, it gives us the understanding of the commandments of God and through Him, He made the commandment very simple — to love God and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, one simple word—LOVE. However, still many hard-hearts are in disbelief. God’s grace helps us to believe. We are not only a friend but a family of God. We are children of the Most High. God’s grace finally allows His chosen people both Jews and Gentiles to have lasting fellowship with Him and constant communication with Him will make the relationship more closer and stronger.
The Grace of God made many changes in our life. We are more careful to offend Him, our attitude helping the needy are more open, our behavior towards others’ misfortune is a gift of mindfulness that there are less fortunate that need to be looked at.
The world though is worst than it has ever been, we are still enjoying the given life with constant communication with Him and the promise that He is always near us. There are many things that are of utmost importance, like money that gives luxury, power that influence people and possessions.
All of these things are nothing when you do not have God in your life. It all becomes less important. You can buy almost everything with your money and power but God is not for sale. God is not susceptible to corruption. He is honest with us. He wants us to do the same thing. He is transparent, proving that what He said He will do it. No one can buy Him to give you favor. God hates all kinds of liars so don’t lie to Him that when you promise something, keep it.
There is a need for God’s help and protection. We are totally dependent on Him who gives us strength. We cannot do it on our own as no one is strong in his own strength but through the fulfillment and mercy of God. God is in control and He is all in all. He gave us everything from mercy to mercy. His mercy brings the period we are now, a dispensation of grace, an exemption from any rule that He alone can amend. We have to give our respect to the Son, who becomes the grace of God and extend our stay in this world of deceit and temptations.
Without grace, we are doomed to sin and reject to believe that there is hope to live. The gift of grace strengthens us to be born anew, to live a new life and all the sin of the past will be blotted out and never look back to sin again. This is all possible with the work of the Holy Spirit.
Grace is our hope to see the Kingdom come.
Grace is not a thing, but rather God’s free gift. The Son who becomes the grace suffered and died on the cross to show that though we are sinners we still have a chance to give up what the world has given us and accept the loving gift to us. The gift given to us is free of charge by God, to make as part of the trinity and be able to act by His love and function as part of His family, justified and sanctified through the love of Jesus Christ. This God’s gratuitous gift gives us the power and opportunity to be equipped with abilities that surpass human intelligence and reasoning. This gift also gives us the ability to carry out the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was spoken before by the apostles.
The grace that was given to us is bundled with all kinds of grace that you cannot even imagine. The grace that your mind cannot understand without the blessings from above. This is the Spirit of love which is the greatest among all the things in this world. This should never overwhelm us if we only stay focus on our Blesser and not the outer appearance that deceives the eyes. We have to look for the inner value of these gifts which are immeasurable, unshakeable, and powerful gifts of a lifetime. Do not miss the opportunity to use the gift of grace which has the power and authority to fight the unbeatable power of lust.
Let us act using our minds because the battle is in the mind. We are in constant attack and in order for us to win, we don’t give up. Do not allow the spirit of darkness to darken your mind, fight the fight of faith. You should not allow any bad thoughts that will ruin your understanding of love. Love is not the satisfaction of the flesh but of the spirit. God is a Spirit and spirit gives life. By now, we already know what love is. Respect and give reverence to the Almighty and respect others as we respect ourselves.
When bad thoughts are trying to enter your mind just say, “why are you doing this, don’t you know that love is the greatest thing. Why don’t you walk away from me? I am not giving you any room in my thoughts, walk away! Don’t you know that God is love and He loves you why not come back to Him and turn away from your wicked deeds and enjoy the ultimate victory with celebration than the temporal victory you are trying to achieve? If you don’t know yet that God is in me, He is in me, walk away and never try again. The assaulter doesn’t know what is in our mind and we have to let him know that God is in us, with us, and upon us. He will walk away.
Sanctifying and edifying grace, habitual, and actual, sacramental, and ecclesiastical grace is one as a whole gift constituted by Christ Jesus, the grace sent by God to represent Him to us. The grace who let us understand who God is to us; to have knowledge and understanding of Him as our Father that is in heaven, that one day we may see Him face to face with our glorious body. The Father will sanctify us in the final stage of sanctification.
This is made possible through the work of our Lord Jesus Christ. Grace brings new life to us. We become partakers of the divine nature of God. As children of God and heirs of heaven and acting on the basis of this love of the Father, we become part of the inner circle of the Godhead that makes us capable of living in God’s love. This is a relation that binds the Father and the son; that no one can separate us from the love of the Father and the Son. Jesus will be our brother and King that will rule the new earth free from dust. Through one man all are saved.
Grace comes in a very special way, in a very special time and with a very special promise to individual or group of individuals and the everlasting life to those who believe to the Son Jesus. Grace gives new life to Adam and Eve instead of death for being disobedient to only one rule, not to eat the fruit of the tree of good and evil. Adam, the father of mankind followed God and Adam, the first man “through one man sin entered the world.” During Noah’s time, the wickedness of humans was uncontrollable. The patience of God had been tested until God grieved in His heart why He made mankind. God is so grateful that He allowed them to live for 120 years to change. But humans continued to their evilness and God sent a big deluge that wiped out the human race except for Noah whom God saw righteousness and his family was also saved together with their livestock and. They obeyed God, through this grace that God gave Noah and his household the right to be saved that made the human race continue to exist.
God gave grace to Abraham and his wife Sarah although he and his wife were in advanced age, Sarah conceived a son and was named Isaac. Isaac at a later is a sacrifice when he reaches a certain age. The justification by faith comes to Abraham and God who called Abraham a friend. Isn’t it a grace to be called a friend? Isaac was not sacrificed and instead, his wife bore a child and was named Jacob who was later named Israel and graced with 12 sons and were called the twelve (12) tribes of Israel.
Back to the days when Abram’s who was then and became Abraham, the name of God was put in the middle of his name. His nephew traveled with him, and later separated from Abraham and settled in a sinful city of Sodom the place of his choice. God sent His angels to Abraham and told him of the imminent destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham’s nephew, Lot, and his family lived in Sodom asked God to save his nephew and be spared from His wrath. God granted Abraham what he asked. Lot’s family was saved except for the wife who disobeyed not to look back while the destruction was going on.
With her wife’s blessing Abram (Abraham) became a father of his wife’s maidservant Hagar. The child was named Ishmael. Because of Sarai’s (Sarah); jealousy, Abraham was greatly distressed and forced Hagar and Ishmael out to the desert with only a bottle of water. Death was facing this mother and child and at the time that Ishmael was near death, Hagar called the name of the LORD. God heard Hagar and grace came upon her and gave her a fountain of life. From a bottle of water to a well of living water, God gave His grace to this mother and child and promised to make Ishmael fruitful and multiply him greatly and became ruler of many rulers.
Another individual that God gave His blessing was to Moses who received God’s grace when his mother put him in a basket to avoid the massacre of many children. Moses was carried by the current of the Nile River, and rescued and cared by the Pharaoh’s daughter. Grace upon grace, Moses leadership survives the Red Sea crossing. God gave Moses the Ten Commandments for Abraham’s people to follow so they can have guidelines to set them apart from their wicked ways. The Israelites’ wicked ways continued and God made them wandered in the wilderness for 40 years but eventually, they entered the Promised Land as promised.
When God said, “I will destroy Nineveh in forty days,”, but He was merciful. The Assyrians repented, God did not destroy and changed the circumstances of waiting without announcement. In fact, the judgment has already been dispensed. God did not change His mind. Although his warning made their mind change, the warning through Prophet Jonah was successful. The citizens of Nineveh changed and ran for 40 years, but turned back to their wickedness. The judgment and the wrath of God came during the time of the Prophet Nahum.
Malachi 3:6 declares, “I am the Lord, and I do not change. That is why you descendants of Jacob are not already destroyed.” In James 1:17 we read it like this, “ Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” While in the book of Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, so He does not lie. He is not human, so He does not change his mind. Has He ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?” We can rest on God’s word that God does not change. What God said was, “what God said is and cannot be broken then and cannot be broken now.” God is predictable because He is unchangeable. His words He already told us in advance what He is going to do. So be wise to follow His Will and He will gracefully give His wisdom.
When our faith is justified through the work of our Lord Jesus Christ, it means that we believe in Him; that he is the representation of God to us; that He is the Son of God, who died and resurrected by the loving God, our Father. Jesus the grace of God through Him with authority and power gives us the sanctifying grace and through this grace, we are saved and move to the next level of sanctification. We are sanctified through His grace by faith and lifted us to the next level of sanctification and God will insistently goad or force us to do something. He will urge us to do the necessary steps to achieve a higher stage of sanctifying grace. God constantly prodded our heart to be mindful, that to reach a glorious body, we have to move beyond the state where we are now. The only way to do that is to continue to live a godly deed while at the same time enjoying the sanctifying grace of being saved. How can someone avoid a sinless life? How can someone fight a stronger force? How can we avoid these earthly distractions? How can someone fight back the desire of the lust, the challenges and trials of life?
There is only one answer to all these questions and it will take care of everything. Let God takes care of it. We have to do our part. We need to stay focus and have constant communication with Him. Our whole life is a journey and we have to keep moving on the way to perfection, for our God is perfect and He wants us to be perfect when we see Him face to face; a requirement for the highest level of sanctification and the Holy Spirit will lead us to reach this perfection.
The LORD’s word is directed to us through the Son Jesus the chosen One who has chosen us to follow Him and to be like Him who is in the image and likeness of God Almighty. The Lord is calling us now as the elect people of God to gather the lost, to bring to repentance and be baptized by the Holy Spirit and likewise, the saved for the renewal of faith to strengthen their position to a higher stage of sanctification. As a chosen generation of the last of all ages, let us renew today, pause, be blessed, and listen to what He has been saying to our heart and to our soul while enjoying the wisdom of a reformed body with a pure heart and renewed spirit.
Though our sinful nature has been blotted out by the work of our Lord Jesus Christ, we still have to submit and believe to the Father’s word that the Son He sent is in honor of Him, and having faith in Him will never perish, but entitled to everlasting life. For those who will reject him is already condemned and will perish. Though God loves us dearly, He made it clear to us to humble ourselves and have a pure heart before anything else.
Humbleness is to give reverence to His wholeness and to the Son who sacrifice His life for the remission of our sin.
Jesus shared the grace to us to be His family, to be obedient to the Will of the Father, and by his brother. In return, we have to continue what has been assigned before to the apostles. We have to share the good news that the kingdom of God is at hand, that the Father wants us all to be with Him; to reach out to the lost souls and through the power of the grace given to us. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can be a blessing to them and they can be a blessing to us. This period of grace is already seeded inside us and the work of the Holy Spirit transformed our spirit to a Spirit and becomes a partaker of the divine nature of God.
Share the word to those who lack knowledge. Let them be filled with the word and be equipped with the armor of God to fight against deceit, lies, and temptations. Give them food of the gospel to nourish their thoughts and the spiritual drinks to ease their thirst to Christ. Clothe the naked that is ignorant of their salvation and shelter those who are looking for a home where they can grow and be homeless no more.
Check those who walk away from the faith due to ungodly work of pretenders who wear a sheep clothing but wolves destroying their appetite to the truth and try to free those in the bondage of not believing on anything but himself and his vices; and least but the last, to jointly bury the old habit, the old belief so that the truth will be new. The spiritual works of mercy are God’s strength but become His weakness when we beg for it, especially when asking for forgiveness. Unlike the earthly father when we ask, and if they can afford, then, they will give.
Our Father in heaven who can provide without limit is impossible for not to provide our needs. He uses the knowledgeable to instruct the ignorant, rebuke those who have sinned, convince those who have doubts, edify those who are struggling with their faith, comfort the sinners to feel the need to change, reprimand the hard-hearted that there is God to lean on. As Christian, we can bear the burden of others so we can entice them to come back in the arms of the savior.
Be patient to those who already heard the truth but walked away; encourage others to have a forgiving heart and pray for each other’s edification and safety living will be born.
Let us bear witness to Jesus with our courageous faith and to listen to our conscience that testifies of our good deeds and learn not to look for others’ wickedness without looking into our own.
All sinned and come short to the glory of God. The only way to overcome evil is by proving that there is no greater work than to love God and others and continue doing good things. These will please the Father as well as Jesus. Be patient and helpful to others for it is the strength of righteous workmanship which reveals our behavior and attitude as stewards of high moral standard in conformity with Christian values.
With the help of the Holy Spirit, we must also be prepared to reject or repute any acts of aggression and protect the faith of the innocence or those still young in the ministry and are not fully aware of how to confront the destructors using the strength of love. We also have to be extra careful, for the destructors will not sleep until they do evil things. With Christ, we can sleep soundly and wake up refresh and renewed under the wings of love for Christ.
God loves giving mercy and forgives those who sincerely ask for forgiveness. Without mercy the grace cannot be attained We cannot continue sinning and get grace at the same time. God loves us if we stay obedient and humble. We can compare our human attitude towards mercy. For example, when we pawn our jewelry or other things to a pawn shop and ask for a certain amount, but the pawn owner cannot give what we asked for. We insist on what we need and made the owner agree. That is mercy, but when the due time comes to regain possession and money is not available, an extension is requested from the owner, which then is called the grace period. God’s grace is our extension to regain our diminish love with Him due to lack of endurance not to sin after we received the sanctification that justified us for Christ.
Grace gives us the desire to be holy and the power to continue the work of righteous living. How can someone claim that by grace you are saved when you reentered the world without love. You put yourself in bondage again. Remember, Jesus cannot go to the cross again. You have to deal this time with the Holy Spirit. If you have died to sin again, you have to work harder to regain the soul that died and only you can do that. The one who sinned is the one to do the redemption.
Christ is done, He said on the cross “It’s finished.” God’s mercy is His character and will not falter. His strength is forever and Jesus remains to be the grace of God to us and forgiveness is always available for those who repent with sincerity and truth. As it is written when Jesus was asked how many times can we forgive and He replied 70 times. 7 meaning it is an open door, the same as we left our open door to sin. When Jesus said that He is going to give us a new comforter which is the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit takes over while He is waiting to totally rule us as a King. The Holy Spirit is with us for guidance and care, will motivate our regenerated heart to live in obedience and work towards godliness. The absence of godly work is the absence of sanctifying grace.
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus commanded us to love God and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. The purpose of the law brings us to Christ and the saving grace that Christ gave is for us to be reconciled with God. Through our change of behavior and attitude from being a wrongdoer to doers of the Word, we become a doer of good works, and eventually, that good works will lead us to receive the gift of salvation.
Jesus Christ’s gift of grace comes from the Father and the Holy Spirit of comfort that Jesus requested is now with us. We should not confuse ourselves that God our Father is the God of Order and Jesus Christ the Son who is God’s grace become our hope of glory. The Holy Spirit is our guidance and counselor that will help us to regain that sense of hope. The Holy Spirit will strengthen our faith while working our way to holiness, while hope will encourage us to live godlier works towards perfection, the grace of love will produce the fruit that will bring us together in perfect harmony with His saints.
All believers are ministers of the good news. It means servant of the gospel and having said so, we should look at the welfare of one another and together be watchful in protecting the sanctity of the word of God. Today’s lifestyle of the man behind the pulpit collects a tremendous amount of wealth– jewelry, mansions, jet and many are millionaires. Servants of the gospel back then were poor to an average class of people and go back farther, Jesus and His apostles did not collect wealth.
Actually, most of them were persecuted without a fortune. They served truthfully and honestly spreading the word of truth and they were trustworthy for every word they said. Anyway, it’s the people’s fault after all. Many false teaching, many false preachers of today walk according to their own lust, preaching prosperity for their own gain. The members have nothing to gain but left with empty pockets as they were made to believe that whatever they give will be returned 100 times. It maybe is true, but what if that person has nothing to give but only his/her presence in the church, what and where is the return? God gave us the grace not to be timid but continue the race by fighting a good fight of faith. We are taught to persevere but not like this that the gospel is being abused for self-interest.
We should tolerate the spirit of forgiveness and work towards the true purpose of the gift of grace to achieve an ever-increasing faith and work of godliness. Many are still waiting for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, because that is what they constantly hear from the pulpit and they believe. Whatever we hear everyday, the same thing over and over becomes a reality and believable. Jesus is back long time ago when He promised that He will come soon, He will come soon and if not He broke His own promise.
I am holding to this understanding that God never lies so as Jesus. He is the image of God and likeness so when Jesus said that “the kingdom is here, the kingdom is here.” Believe and you will receive the truth and more will be revealed unto you. Without faith how will you get the revelation? Some will say; oh! It’s dogma!!
What is wrong with following the rules when it is true? The same thing with the word karma. Some think and assume it’s not a good thing, but there are two faces of karma.
If what I stated is dogma to others, I will say it’s a personal revelation. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit for confirmation, or if it’s another opinion like many others. Before you pray and ask the Holy Spirit, one question I want to ask. When Paul had an encounter with Jesus on the way to Damascus to persecute more Christians, where did Jesus speak to him, on earth or in heaven? Did someone witness this event? Did Paul encounter the Lord Jesus before or after the resurrection? Is it by vision, by voice or both?
The grace of God’s kindness to the underserved people to receive this blessing continues after the ascension of the Lord Jesus. Grace through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives is the rule of life for the body of Christ—the church and through it, there is no doubt that grace is an extension of our life here on earth before judgment finally handed down without anymore extension.
Though long overdue, the grace which came from the mercy of God cannot be questioned. The final event soon comes and the old will come to pass. The new and everlasting lives commence, the kingdom will be established and the rule of the King of kings and Lord of lords begins. The saving grace reminds us that the Holy Spirit abiding within us. It guides and teaches us to learn how to experience the presence of God.
As the term connotes, it is the grace that saved. It supports what is inscribed in the Holy Scripture and will never conflict or confuse us. It leads us to dedicated training, study, and uses of the word of God and to be more effective witness by showing us how to pray short but effective. It trains us also self-discipline, steadfastness, and humility. With the Holy Spirit indwelling in us, no one can be against us then through this strength we would be able to walk with the Lord as He intended us to do.
We can say heaven, “I am in heaven though it is still far from perfection and the feeling is so near and feelings of gladness are on its way passing through a narrow gate where the true joy can be felt than passing the wider one many fall down. It is far short of perfection, the vision is very clear and the sound of heaven rejoicing for the sanctification of the highest will soon be rewarded and it will provide us the right to taste the heaven on the new earth.
Gracefully received will eventually be fully sanctified and the reward for completing the sanctification process is a glorious body. From hope to reality begins to be everlasting. The reality that hope brings is the kingdom that within reach and here to stay and joy and will never be corrupted.
As probably you already know that to pass the test of the final stage of sanctification we need to complete the challenges that most people failed to pass. We have to defeat the world of lies, deceit, and temptations to get over with it. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can make it happen. We have to defeat the root causes of sinful nature that gives us the burden up to this time. We have to enjoy life without Pride, fighting the feeling of discontent and avoid the spirit of envy which is evil. Extreme anger or wrath defiles a man, laziness- a bad habit to do things in the right manner. Doing any kind of thing to gain wealth, a greedy person is a sinful person. Gluttony is overconsumption from food to wealth, and Lust but not the least is very common, a desire of the flesh sometimes leads to the possession of the thing or things that don’t belong to you and become the sin of adultery.
If we are sincere, we have to strive harder and we cannot do it by our own strength. We need the help of the Holy Spirit to provide the path to victory; Careful planning, praying, and dedication to achieve these needs. Our plan to work out must be approved by God and when we sense peace about it, and then it is approved by Him.“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3 New International Version (NIV)